In March 2017, it was announced by the Government that sex and relationships education is to be made compulsory in schools. Although the children would learn about healthy relationships and safe sex, parents could still withdraw their children from those lessons.
Now, 2 months away from it being March 2018, I wanted to explore what changes have been made in schools and how this topic is now approached.
It was reported by the BBC that the new curriculum could be taught from September 2019, that’s next year! I feel like the delay in this is unnecessary and problematic for those children who will and have missed out on this important information.
It’s pretty terrible that it’s taken this long for someone to realize that what was being taught to children was not useful for real life scenarios, and from what a lot of the older generation have said about their sex education in schools (if applicable, as many of them had none whatsoever) was that it didn’t teach them about healthy relationships or even practicing safe sex! Someone recalled a cartoon video which just used metaphors throughout the duration of the video and they had no idea what was going on. Times have moved on and sex happens! So it needs to be addressed properly and with better resources.
The only kind of sex education I can recall having in school, was in year 6 (primary school) and the boys were taken out of the class room, and the girls were all taught about periods. That’s another topic to discuss, the guys definitely should’ve stayed in that lesson! – But I never really was taught about safe sex, what sex is and what it means, and never once about consent.
I spoke to my mum about her experience, and she said the same thing, she was taught about periods, again with boys being removed from the classroom. And that was that! Her mum taught her what sex was but my mum said she didn’t really understand and was actually horrified by what her mum had said.
It’s so important especially today, with all the sex scandals and sexual harassment that has become so prominent in today’s media that both boys and girls from a younger age understand sex. Consent should be taught very early on. And teaching to practice abstinence just isn’t working. It’s also very problematic at it ignores the issues and pretends that it can be avoided by not having sex. People have sex, and that’s why it needs to be addressed.
A lot of my friends (guy friends) found out what sex was through porn, which again, is problematic. They then go into schools, and tell their friends, and then people are learning what sex is through a false industry that advertises the objectification of women, and unrealistic body standards for both males and females.
If porn and films etc, are the main sources for sex “education” then it’s no wonder we have many issues when it comes to healthy sexual relations.
I think it’s so important that children from a comprehend-able age are taught less about the practicalities of sex (they’ll figure that out) but more about healthy relations regarding sex. Understanding the implications it has, and what it means. Fully understanding consent, the legalities in sex and safe sex.
It’s up to parents as well as schools to teach this, to ensure the generations coming, will lead a better society when regarding sex!
Sex shouldn’t be such a taboo anymore, it has proved to be an issue everywhere, and much of that is to be blamed on the wrong education.
TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT SEX!!!! Get them the books! Be honest, let’s try and move things forwards and overcome the issues that really didn’t need to ever be issues in the first place!!
What are your thoughts on sex education?!
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